Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 204, page(s) 813


The Hon. Luke H. Stapleton, a former legislator and judge of the Circuit Court in Meriden from its creation in 1961 to his retirement in 1973, died April 3, 1987, at the age of 83.

Judge Stapleton was born in Waterbury on May 20, 1903. He received his B.A. degree from Catholic University in 1925 and his LL.B. degree from the Georgetown University School of Law in 1929. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year.

Judge Stapleton served as assistant clerk and acting prosecutor of the Court of Common Pleas from 1929 to 1945. He also served as probate judge in Cheshire from 1940 until his appointment to the bench in 1961.

Judge Stapleton was a member of the state House of Representatives for two terms, beginning in 1937 and 1945. He also served in the state Senate in 1947 and 1949, serving as majority leader in 1947.

Following his retirement, Judge Stapleton served as a state trial referee of the Circuit Court until he moved to Florida in 1985.